Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum 2014. This can be accessed by clicking the link on the right.
Our curriculum is fully aligned with our Christian vision and values. It is focused on creativity; developing enthusiastic learners; respect for the world; social and emotional wellbeing and it is language rich.
Cross Curricular Topics
The long-term planning is currently being reviewed to focus on discrete subjects developing subject concepts and skills.
Please follow the links below to view the curriculum for each subject area.
For further information about our curriculum, please contact the headteacher by email or telephone using the details at the top of the website.
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. At Hipswell Church of England Primary School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Each year the children decide upon their whole school aims and values as well as their own class rules and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the school rules.
We have a School Council which meets regularly with the Headteacher to discuss issues and to represent the pupils, working alongside the staff and Governors to further improve the school.
The council has its own budget and is genuinely able to effect change
within the school. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class.
Children are frequently consulted by the Council Members and are therefore able to put forward their views about the school.
The Collective Worship Team meets weekly with the Headteacher to evaluate the impact of assemblies.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Hipswell Church of England Primary School.
Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school.
Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
At Hipswell Church of England Primary School, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are
encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-safety and PSHE lessons.
Jesus taught us that mutual respect is a very important Christian value.
Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Hipswell Church of England Primary School is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Acts of Collective Worship, Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
Agreed Date: March 2020
Review Date: March 2022
Art and Design
We value Art as a subject, to inspire and develop our children’s creative thinking. Our curriculum develops the skills pupils need in order to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art and design techniques. We teach our children to be reflective about their work, using the language of art and design, and remain respectful of others work at all times. Through our curriculum, pupils will find out about great artists and gain an understanding of the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Design and Technology
At Hipswell C of E Primary School we aim to provide children with a DT curriculum that is relevant in our rapidly changing world. We want to encourage our children to become problem solvers who can work creatively on projects. We believe that high quality DT lessons will inspire children to think independently, innovatively and develop creative and technical understanding. We provide children with opportunities to research, represent their ideas, explore and investigate, develop their ideas, make a product and evaluate their work. Children will be exposed to a wide range of media and through this, children will develop their skills, vocabulary and resilience.
With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill the children must be taught if they are to participate effectively, respectfully and safely in this ever-changing digital world. It is important that the knowledge and understanding of computing is of increasing significance for children’s futures. Our Computing curriculum focuses on a progression of skills in e-Safety, Programming, Handling Data, Technology in our lives and Multimedia to ensure that children become competent in using computers to program, process, and communicate information safely.
Our curriculum develops the skills and knowledge that will enable our children to become competent communicators. Pupils will express themselves effectively and creatively through spoken and written language. Children will read fluently and develop a love of reading, appreciating literature and its rich variety. Through our curriculum, pupils will develop an ever-growing vocabulary with an interest in words and their meanings.
In Reception and Key stage 1, we follow the Little Wandle Phonics and Early Reading scheme. Further details can be found here: https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/
At Hipswell Church of England Primary School we provide a high-quality geography education which inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Geography is taught as part of the Hipswell curriculum. Skills and knowledge are taught through creatively planned topics where objectives, wherever possible, are linked to other curriculum areas. Geography is also taught as a discrete subject.
Through this approach, children understand that geography is the study of how people and places interact with human and physical influences, to create the environment we and future generations live in.
In Key Stage 2, we encourage pupils to develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They develop an understanding of basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.
In Key Stage 1, pupils extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This includes the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features.
Pupils are taught knowledge about locations and places and about human and physical geography. Geographical skills such as the use of maps, atlases and aerial photographs are also developed.
Hipswell Primary school’s geography curriculum, is planned to allow for a broader, deeper understanding of the four areas of geography as identified in the National curriculum. We aim to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and people in it; promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human resources.
Through our teaching, we intend to provoke thought, questions and to encourage children to be excited to discover answers to their own questions through exploration and research to enable them to gain a greater understanding and knowledge of the world and their place in it.
Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps us to understand and change the world. Our curriculum develops skills, knowledge and fluency in maths, that enables pupils at Hipswell Church of England Primary School to experience the power and enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject. Pupils will apply creative thinking to problem solving, justify and reason with others using a rich mathematical vocabulary. Taking a metacognitive approach when teaching maths, we want pupils to have a positive, resilient and confident approach.
At Hipswell Church of England Primary School we value music as a powerful and creative form of communication that can change and impact the way children feel, think and act. We believe that teaching music helps the body, mind and spirit work together and therefore is an integral part of our daily collective worship. Our curriculum will provide every child an opportunity to develop their musical potential through performing, composing and appraising.
Our Religious Education enables children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain. It promotes respect and open-mindedness towards others with different faiths and beliefs and encourages pupils to develop their ability to ask thought-provoking questions about the world. It encourages childten to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences, including the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues.
Personal, Social and Health Education
Our intention is that, when children leave Hipswell, they do so with the knowledge, understanding and emotions to be able to play an active role in today’s ever changing and diverse world. Our PSHE curriculum enables our children to become independent, confident and responsible members of the community and teaches them to be safe, healthy and prepared for life. It aims to support the development of the ‘whole child’ by promoting their social, cultural, mental and physical well-being, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they will face in the future. Our Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their futures lives.
At Hipswell Church of England Primary School we are committed to providing a high-quality Physical Education which develops the health and wellbeing of pupils as well as educating pupils about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, physical fitness and personal wellbeing. It encourages children to persevere in sport and other physically demanding activities. We believe that participation in sporting activity (both intra and inter) is an important element of developing a school in which children are proud of the community in which they belong. We firmly believe that our PE curriculum and the activities we offer support us in embedding key values such as respect, determination, teamwork, honesty, fairness and self-belief.
Progression in Knowlege and Skills
Our curriculum provides the foundations for understanding the world. Pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes, skills and uses of science. We aim to develop a sense a sense of excitement and curiosity in all pupils about natural phenomena, the world around them and the part science has to play in it.
We develop in pupils an understanding that science is the study and exploration of the world around them using observations and experiments to ask and answer questions in order to gain knowledge about how and why things happen the way they do.
The EYFS Curriculum is provided to our children in the Reception class.
Prime Areas of Learning:
° Communication, Language and Literacy
° Physical Development
° Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Specific Areas of Learning:
° Understanding the World
° Expressive Arts & Design
Teaching and learning is carefully planned in all these key areas. The curriculum is organised to be practical and engaging and takes place within a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Learning through play has a high priority.